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Mika Brzezinski shows her value at book party

Mika Brzezinski and "Morning Joe" EP Chris Licht

Monday night, Michael’s Resaturant was the scene of a party for Mika Brzezinski and her new book “Knowing Your Value.”

Miles Nadal, the CEO of MDC Partners and The Daily Beast/Newsweek‘s Tina Brown hosted the night. Guests included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Arianna Huffington, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, NBC News “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, former CNN host Kathleen Parker, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, CBS News’s Lesley Stahl, IAC chairman Barry Diller, former Rep. Harold Ford Jr., MSNBC/The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capeheart, and Daily News‘s Mort Zuckerman.

Mika’s “Morning Joe” partner Joe Scarborough was not in attendance following the death of his father last week. EP Chris Licht, who is expected to announce in the coming days he’s leaving the network for an executive position at CBS News, was on hand.

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NCAA Basketball helps ’60 Minutes’ score

Propelled by an NCAA tournament runover, CBS News’ “60 Minutes” was the sixth most-watched show of the week last week. The show drew 14.81 million Total Viewers making it Sunday’s most-watched show. “60″ had a 4.1 rating / 11 share of the A25-54 audience. Sunday’s show featured Lesley Stahl’s report on overseas tax shelters that American companies use to save billions in taxes, Scott Pelley’s emotional story about a Staten Island woman who has helped over 100 children maimed by war or disaster. The story was produced by Tanya Simon, the daughter of “60″ correspondent Bob Simon. The third story was Steve Kroft’s profile of legendary high school basketball coach Bob Hurley.

Lara Logan Returns to ’60 Minutes’

CBS News chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan returned to “60 Minutes” tonight, if only in the show’s open. Logan was released from a Washington hospital last Wednesday after it was revealed a day earlier that she’d been beaten and sexually assaulted in Cairo on the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned.

It’s not uncommon for “60 Minutes” contributing correspondents to appear in the open, and not report for that night’s broadcast. Tonight Lesley Stahl profiled Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), Scott Pelley reported on the real man behind “The King’s Speech” and Bob Simon reported the genesis of the current revolution spreading across the Muslim world.

’60 Minutes’ Draws Biggest Audience in 2 Years

“60 Minutes” drew another huge audience Sunday night — its largest in more than two years — making it the #3 show for the week.

The show, which had the lead-in of the New York Jets-Pittsburgh Steelers game, drew 18.7 million Total Viewers — “60′s” best deliveries in households, Total Viewers and A25-54 demo viewers since December 14, 2008. Sunday’s show featured a Steve Kroft report on the financial straits of America’s local governments and a Lesley Stahl piece about a small group of people who can recall nearly every day of their lives.

’60 Minutes’ #3 Show for the Week

Thanks to a huge football lead-in — in fact the highest rated broadcast of the NFL season, CBS’ “60 Minutes” was the third most-watched primetime show on TV last week.

17.59 million viewers watched a weepy Rep. John Boehner interviewed by Lesley Stahl; Steve Kroft‘s report on emerging economic powerhouse Brazil and Scott Pelley‘s profile of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones which led nicely into NBC’s Sunday Night Football matchup between the Cowboys and Eagles — a ratings juggernaut in its own right.

Compared to the same night last year, “60″ was up +6% in households, +9% in A25-54 viewers and +8% in the A18-49 demo.

Lesley Stahl, Sam Donaldson Named ‘Giants of Broadcasting’

CBS News correspondent Lesley Stahl and ABC News anchor Sam Donaldson were among the honorees at the 2010 Giants of Broadcasting awards, handed out by the Library of American Broadcasting. FishbowlNY’s Jerry Barmash was at the event, which also posthumously honored CBS, CNN and NPR correspondent Daniel Schorr. You can read Barmash’s report here.

Like the Rest of Broadcast TV, Newsmagazines Return with New Shows

The new fall TV season is getting underway this week. (Tonight, are you going to watch Chase?, Hawaii 5-0? or neither?) And so the newsmagazines are returning with new programs as well.

Stahl_9.20.bmpLast night “60 Minutes’” Lesley Stahl had a new story — an interview with former Pres. Jimmy Carter for his new book — but the CBS News magazine will have its official 43rd season premiere this coming Sunday.

Last Friday, ABC’s “20/20″ returned for an all-new, single-story episode. It was Friday’s #1 show in Total Viewers (7.0M), A18-49 (1.9 rating/7 share) and A25-54 (2.4/7). “20/20″ also topped its newsmagazine competition: a 2-hour “Dateline” (8-10pm) on NBC.

Still, with 6.3M Total Viewers, Dateline’s performance shows viewers are getting back into their regular TV habits. “Dateline” had its best Friday A18-49 rating in 14 weeks and biggest overall Friday audience in 17 weeks. The season premiere of “Dateline” is this Friday.

Lesley Stahl, Sam Donaldson Named 2010 ‘Giants Of Broadcasting’

LesleyStahl.jpgCBS’s Lesley Stahl and ABC’s Sam Donaldson have been named two of the 2010 “Giants of Broadcasting” by the Library of American Broadcasting.

CBS’s Charles Osgood will serve as master of ceremonies for the October 6 awards ceremony in New York.

Other honorees include:
• TV and radio legend Dick Clark
• Writer Norman Corwin, often called America’s “poet laureate of radio”
Edward Fritts, former President of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
• Radio and TV pioneer Hal Jackson
All My Children and One Life to Live creator Agnes Nixon

A posthumous award goes to veteran CBS, CNN, and NPR newsman Daniel Schorr, who died in July. Others being honored posthumously: radio and TV host Art Linkletter, actress Rue McClanahan, and TV documentary and film producer David Wolper.

Located at the University of Maryland, The Library of American Broadcasting is self-described as a “national information resource” for the TV, radio, and academic communities.

Gwen Ifill Accepts First Amendment Award

ifill_6-15.jpgPBS “Washington Week” moderator and “NewsHour” correspondent Gwen Ifill was honored Monday by Quinnipiac University with the 17th Fred Friendly First Amendment Award at a luncheon in New York.

Former recipients of the award include Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Bill Moyers, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Jim Lehrer, Don Hewitt, Peter Jennings, Mike Wallace, and Tim Russert.

“I scanned the list of previous recipients and my insecure side kicked in,” reflected Ifill in her remarks. “Such company. Here I was a black girl from Queens walking among giants. And then I thought, if George Clooney could play Fred Friendly in the movies, then why couldn’t I get this award?”

CBS’ Andy Rooney and NBC’s Hoda Kotb were among the attendees.

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The Perils Of Giving a Commencement Speech

CurryWheaton052110.bmp This is commencement season, when colleges and universities across the nation graduate their seniors and send them off into the real world. TV news personalities are often called upon to deliver commencement speeches, as we have covered here.

Last weekend Ann Curry from NBC News’ “Today” delivered the speech at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts (Go Lyons!). It was a fine speech, telling the students to use their energy and enthusiasm to do good in the world.

She also listed off some of the many fine alumni of the institution, including the reverend Billy Graham and former Republican House speaker Dennis Hastert. Except of course, they did not go to Wheaton College in Massachusetts (which was all-women until 1988) but rather Wheaton College, the Christian University in Illinois.

She did get one famous graduate correct however, “60 Minutes” anchor Lesley Stahl. “Thank goodness I got Lesley Stahl right,” wrote Curry in a letter to the Wheaton community following her address.

I am mortified by my mistake, and can only hope the purity of my motive, to find a way to connect with the graduates and to encourage them to a life of service, will allow you to forgive me.

Its alright Ann, the kids were probably too hungover to remember anyway.

Video of the speech is after the jump.

(h/t Inside Higher Ed)

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